UW Retirement Association

March 17, 2021

News & Events – March 17, 2021

UWRA NEWS & EVENTS

Member-to-Member: Bob Roseth, author of Ivy is a Weed. Our series of talks by UWRA member-authors continues with Bob Roseth, retired director of UW News & Information. Bob’s first novel is a comic mystery set in a large public university that might strike you as familiar. Come learn about his journey through the writing and publishing process. Date, time: Friday, March 19, 1:30 pm. Register HERE.

COVID-19: Prevention, Protection, and Possibilities: How was the COVID-19 vaccine developed so quickly, and what makes it safe and effective? What makes older adults vulnerable to viruses like COVID-19? When will it be safe to travel or visit unvaccinated people? UWRA and UW Medicine are proud to host some of UW Medicine’s leading specialists in immunology, geriatric medicine, vaccinology and infectious diseases to answer these questions and look forward to a future after COVID. Dates: March 23, 25 and 26. Cost: Free for UWRA & UWAA members and their guests, $10 for non-members. To register, click HERE.

From Your Legislation & Benefits Committee: The state revenue forecast is expected to be issued today. Next week the appropriations committees of both houses of the State Legislature will issue their budget proposals. We will be watching for the $183 explicit Medicare subsidy and to see whether the actuarily recommended payment to the PERS 1 pension plan fund is included.  Both are in the Governor’s budget proposal. Two bills that are likely of interest to retirees:  House Bill 1218 creates new legal rights for long-term-care (LTC) patients. House Bill 1438 expands the senior property tax exemption. Click HERE for more information on these bills. HB 1438 is scheduled for Executive Session in Senate Ways & Means on March 18th at 4:00 P.M. Click HERE and scroll to the bottom for the link to watch the session live.

LEARN & ENGAGE

UWAA Book Club: The next reading period begins March 18 with How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, which weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law and science with the author’s own personal story of awakening to antiracism. Click HERE for more information.

Cherry Blossoms: The University of Washington again is asking people to enjoy the iconic campus cherry blossoms virtually this year to promote physical distancing and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A number of virtual viewing options are available, including UW Video’s live webcam overlooking the Quad, a virtual tour with photos from campus that will be updated throughout the blooming season, and tweets from @uwcherryblossom.

What are you hearing? If you’re heading out to enjoy the early spring weather, you might enjoy this quick guide to birdsong surrounding you at this time of year, with commentary from professor of wildlife science John Marzluff.